By Teachers, For Teachers
In my experience, keeping these goals will happen when Harvard wins the Super Bowl (I used to say when Notre Dame plays for the National Championship, but I had to revise my metrics). In fact, according to Randi Walsh at Empower Network:
25% give up on their New Years Resolutions after just one week, 80% give up on their New Years Resolutions after 20 days and only 8% actually keep their New Years Resolutions all year
Here's an example: On a group blog I write with, we were all asked to share our resolutions with the Universe in January, then check in throughout the year on our progress. No one in the entire group--read that Zilch.--had achieved theirs (well, I did, which made our group 8%). The reasons were varied and lame and left me wondering why create resolutions if you so quickly brush them aside?
Why? It makes people feel good. They want to believe their lives will be better at the end of the year than they were at the beginning. Let's look at the top four resolutions (according to Amber J. Tresca at About.com):
These aren't hard and still people aren't achieving them. Who can't 'increase exercise'? Or 'be more conscientious about work'? Cut out a few chips--one chip--and you've 'developed better eating habits'. So given the ease with which the average person could succeed at these goals, why do they so soundly fail?
I have no idea. There is no shortage of well-meaning people who will suggest ways to keep your New Year's resolutions. Here are five you've probably read:
Those sound helpful, don't they? Problem is, they don't work. Who out there is going to revise their resolutions to make them more specific, more realistic, meet a deadline, and then share all that with friends? I'd rather take a long walk in tight shoes. They're as useless as those suggestions for using leftover wine to make ice cubes. Who ever has leftover wine?
At the end of 2013, your friends will ask how you did it and you'll feel accomplished, confident, and more sure of your ability to complete other goals. Check back here December 2013, let me know how you did so I can congratulate you.
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-6 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.